Archives for November 2008

Callaway leaves for Ohio

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The Cason J. Callaway picked up a cargo of limestone in Calcite, Michigan and arrived here with it on Friday evening. It was the 18th trip to the Twin Ports this season. After discharging the limestone at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth, it moved over to the CN Dock to load iron ore pellets for Conneaut, Ohio. The Callaway departed the Twin Ports for Conneaut late Saturday afternoon (above). When not working at Lake Superior ports, it visits many other ports to pick up and discharge a variety of cargos. Among them are Gary, Escanaba, Cedarville, Green Bay, Buffington, South Chicago, Stoneport, Toledo, Sandusky and, of course, Calcite and Conneaut. Photo taken on November 29, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-30-2008

James R. Barker exits with iron ore pellets

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The James R. Barker left the port on Friday afternoon (above) with a cargo of iron ore pellets for South Chicago. The pellets were loaded at the CN dock in West Duluth. As happens sometimes, it was originally scheduled to load coal directly across the St. Louis River at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior, but the schedule was changed. Earlier this month, the Kaye E. Barker made 4 trips from Duluth to Taconite Harbor and Marquette. The St. Clair will pick up the local run later today when it arrives to load coal for the Minnesota Power Hillside Substation at Silver Bay. It will be back again on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, each time to pick up coal for Silver Bay. Winter is on the way and Silver Bay will be ready. Photo taken on November 28, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-29-2008

See you next week, American Integrity

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American Integrity captain Patrick Nelson was out wishing visitors to the Duluth ship canal a Happy Thanksgiving as he departed the port yesterday with a cargo of coal for Detroit Edison. He will bring the thousand footer back next Tuesday for still another load of coal for Detroit Edison. As of now, there are only four more trips scheduled for the American Integrity before its season ends. Photo taken on November 27, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-28-2008

American Victory in for winter layup

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There are two boats already in winter layup. By the end of winter we usually have about 12. We don’t usually see any boats arriving here for layup until December, and in a good year, until January. We know this is not a good year. The American Victory came in for layup on November 11th. It is seen above at Fraser Shipyards on Wednesday afternoon, nestled back in what used to be called the Frog Pond. More formally, it sits at the berth just north of #1 dry dock. The Edward L. Ryerson is also at the shipyard in Superior. It came in on November 4th. Photo taken on November 26, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-27-2008

Indiana Harbor enters Duluth harbor

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The Indiana Harbor will be here today for the 38th trip of its season. On most of those trips, as today, it has loaded coal at Midwest Energy. Today’s cargo will be split between two Detroit Edison power plants, one at St. Clair and one at Monroe, both cities in Michigan. It was built in Sturgeon Bay in 1979 and is owned by the American Steamship Company of Buffalo. The maiden voyage went to Two Harbors, where it loaded taconite for Indiana Harbor, the home of Inland Steel. Above, it is turning into the Duluth harbor this past June. Photo taken on June 13, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-26-2008

Walter J. taking away some Twin Ports ice

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The picture above of the Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. was taken last December 10th as the big thousand footer was turning toward the Lift Bridge on the way down the lake with another load of coal. You will notice it is taking along some extra weight that we should soon be seeing more of. The McCarthy will be back today for the 25th trip this season, but will load a rare iron ore cargo for a steel mill in Nanticoke that used to be called Stelco Inc. United States Steel Corporation purchased Stelco on August 27th, 2007 and renamed the new division U. S. Steel Canada. Photo taken on December 10, 2007
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-25-2008

Morraborg here for first time

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The Morraborg came into port on Sunday morning; its first trip to the Twin Ports since it was built in 1999. It went over to berth 1 (above) at the Port Terminal. Today, longshoremen will begin to discharge heavy project cargo from the boat. The Kaye E. Barker has made the Twin Ports its new home port. It has arrived in port this month on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and it is expected again today. It loaded coal for Taconite Harbor on most of the trips and took the same cargo to Marquette twice. Photo taken on November 23, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-24-2008

Vancouverborg enters Duluth ship canal

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The Vancouverborg will be making its 21st appearance in the Twin Ports today, bringing a cargo of beet pulp pellets. Above, it is seen entering the Duluth ship canal on December 7th, 2005. It is one of many ships that Wagenborg Shipping has sent to the Twin Ports. Despite being built in 1999, another Wagenborg ship, the Morraborg, will be making its first trip here today, bringing heavy cargo destined to the OPTI Canada oil sands project in Alberta.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-23-2008

Pineglen is former Paterson

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The Canadian flagged Pineglen will be here today for the 3rd time this season, about the average number of trips for the boat, although it was not here at all last year. It visited many times when it sailed as the Paterson. When the owner, Paterson & Sons of Thunder Bay, went out of the shipping business in 2002, it was sold to Canada Steamship Lines and renamed. Above is a picture of the boat taken in October, 2001 when it was still the Paterson.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-22-2008

Jumbo cargo coming off Jumbo Vision

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One of the big pieces was picked from the bottom of the cargo hold of the Jumbo Vision on Thursday afternoon. There are two, hard to see labels on the piece, called a containment vessel. One says Kobelco, the company that made it in Kobe, Japan. One says NorthWestUpgrading, the destination for all the cargo from the ship in Alberta. Jumbo Shipping, a heavy lift shipping company in Holland, operates the ship that brought the cargo from Japan to Duluth on Monday morning. A variety of companies were involved with the discharge here, most notably Mammoet, a worldwide company that specializes in heavy lift and transportation projects. They brought the 80-tire piece of equipment, and a large crew to operate it, that was about to be moved under the piece in the picture. It would transport the containment vessel to a laydown area in another part of the Port Terminal. The last piece should be pulled from the Jumbo Vision today, after which it will go to Toronto to pick up a cargo of locomotives. Photo taken on November 20, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-21-2008

Jumbo crane helps Jumbo Vision

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Marc Baysinger drove his 220-ton crane up to the Jumbo Vision yesterday to help take some of the ‘smaller’ pieces from the cargo hold of the ship. The ship’s two 400-ton cranes, which are capable of lifting 800 tons together, take care of the larger pieces. Lakehead Constructors, Inc. in Superior operates the crane and employs Marc to ‘drive it.’ The Clure Public Marine Terminal often goes to Lakehead Constructors when they need help moving heavy cargo. Photo taken on November 19, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-20-2008

Jumbo mover takes jumbo cargo away from Jumbo Vision

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The first of 12 large pieces of equipment loaded in Japan were discharged from the Jumbo Vision yesterday. An on-board crane carefully picked up the large cylinder, called a containment vessel, from the ship’s cargo hold and placed it onto an SPMT (self propelled modular transporter) brought in from Edmonton to carry each piece to another part of the Port Terminal (above). The SPMT, with 40 tires to balance the load, has the ability to slide the piece off onto carefully built platforms before returning to the ship for the next piece. The other eleven pieces will be discharged like this first one. They all will eventually go to an oil sands project in Alberta. Photo taken on November 18, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-19-2008

Jumbo Vision has jumbo cargo

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Yesterday, the Jumbo Vision arrived in port (above) with 12 large containment vessels loaded in Japan. They eventually will be shipped to Alberta for oil sands extraction projects. Coal is the only cargo that will be going under the Lift Bridge today. The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. and the American Century arrived yesterday and the James R. Barker was expected very early this morning. All three thousand footers will depart today. The Paul R. Tregurtha, at 1,013½ feet long, is the longest boat on the Great Lakes; it will arrive this afternoon. When all the above are gone, it will move over to the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources and load more coal. All four boats will load about 64,000 tons of coal each. Photo taken on November 17, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-18-2008

American Mariner coming in for coal

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The American Mariner came into port on Sunday afternoon (above) to load coal. It probably departed for Milwaukee very early this morning. Three salt water ships will be moving in the harbor today. The Dutch flagged Jumbo Vision is expected around noon with 12 large containment vessels that will eventually go to oil sands projects in Alberta. Later today, the BBC Maine, flying the flag of Antigua, will depart with grain and the Dutch flagged Vlistborg will leave with beet pulp pellets. Photo taken on November 16, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-17-2008

Halifax approaching Aerial Lift Bridge

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The Canadian flagged Halifax, seen above arriving on May 27th, 2002, was expected to arrive very early this morning to load bentonite at the Hallett Dock in West Duluth. This is the 9th trip here this season for the Halifax, the second time it has loaded bentonite. It loaded iron ore pellets on the other 7 trips. It was built in 1963 as the Frankcliffe Hall and was 2 inches over 730 feet. The extra two inches made it, until 1965, the longest boat on the Great Lakes, the last steam powered vessel on the Great Lakes to hold the title.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-16-2008

John J. Boland departs Duluth ship canal

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The John J. Boland was expected to arrive with the sun this morning to load coal at Midwest Energy to take to the Reiss dock in Ashland. It will then return here to load iron ore pellets at the BNSF dock in Superior to take to the Pinney dock in Ashtabula. This is the 13th trip here this season for the Boland. As on these two trips this weekend, it loaded coal in half the visits and iron ore pellets the other half.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2008

Vlistborg entering Twin Ports

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The Vlistborg has been here twice in each of the last two years. It is expected to arrive this afternoon for the first time this season. As usual, it will be loading beet pulp pellets brought here by train from North Dakota. It is most often taken to Spain or Morocco where it is used for animal feed. Beet pulp pellets, along with molasses, are one of the primary by-products of sugar production. Photo taken November 20, 2002
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-14-2008

Algolake bringing in iron ore?

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Last night the Algolake came into port (above) with a cargo of iron ore to discharge at the Hallett Dock. The iron ore was loaded at Port Cartier in Quebec and will be taken to the Iron Range to be used in the production of iron ore nuggets at the Mesabi Nugget plant at Hoyt Lakes. This is the first of 6 boatloads that will bring a total of 150,000 tons of granular, almost sand-like, iron ore to Duluth for transshipment to the Hoyt Lakes plant. The Mesabi Nugget plant has not yet received their mining permits, so for now, they are bringing their raw materials in by boat rather than digging it out of the ground. Photo taken on November 12, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-13-2008

Wood does not last forever

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The St. Lawrence Seaway will be 50 years old next year. To prepare for the different ships and cargos that would be visiting the port from around the world, major additions were made to port facilities. The two big gantry cranes at the Port Terminal were built in 1959 and docks were created that same year so ships could tie up to a berth safely and discharge their cargo. The 50-year old timbers that were used in that effort have deteriorated and are being replaced by two new rows of protection. In the picture above taken yesterday, the top row, at the right, is made of recycled plastic. Among other things, it will protect people working near the water from going into the water. The piece to its left is called a fender. It is the part a ship will move against when making a berth. Those pieces are made of white oak from Wisconsin and are notable for being rot resistant. Marine Tech, often seen dredging the harbor this year, is also doing this project. Photo taken on November 11, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-12-2008

American Century at Port Terminal

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The BBC Maine will be here later this week for the third time this season, each time bringing wind turbine parts. Even when no ships are bringing wind turbines into port, trucks have been rolling them out from the Port Authority for some time. Above, on Monday morning, a Gamesa nacelle, brought here from Spain, is about to leave for the Farmers City Wind Project near Tarkio, Missouri while behind the trailer, the American Century is getting some minor repairs. Photo taken on November 10, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-11-2008

Arthur M. Anderson departing Duluth

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The Kaye E. Barker has been making quick trips to Taconite Harbor. She left yesterday to take a cargo of coal to Marquette. The Arthur M. Anderson will be here today with an even quicker trip to deliver coal. After discharging a cargo of limestone, it will load about 19,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior and deliver it about a mile away at the Graymont Superior plant, formerly the Cutler dock. The coal is used there to fire up kilns that make lime using limestone discharged by other boats coming up from the lower lakes. When completed, the Anderson will return to Midwest Energy to load 18,000 tons of coal for Marquette, Michigan. Photo taken on April 17, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-10-2008

Olympic Miracle here for bentonite

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Four boats are due in port today to load coal at Midwest Energy Resources. Two of them, the Canadian Progress and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr., will take their cargo to Ontario Power Generation. The American Century is loading for Detroit Edison. After two coal deliveries to Taconite Harbor, the Kaye E. Barker will load coal for another Lake Superior dock at Marquette. There are two salt water ships in port today. The Olympic Miracle came in Saturday afternoon at 5:23 (above, foreground) to load bentonite. The Kom, seen above at anchor (background), is expected in on Monday morning to load wheat for the United Kingdom. Photo taken on November 08, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2008

Olympic Miracle comes to Duluth

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The Greek owned and flagged Olympic Miracle will be here today for the 6th time since 1996. It is seen above arriving in Duluth in 1999. The last visit was in April, 2006. It is one of 5 owned by a trust set up by Aristotle Onassis for the benefit of his children. Management is located in Athens, although several sources list Monaco ownership. With such an impressive background, the ship is here to load bentonite, not the most pleasant cargo to load, especially in the rain. It should depart on Sunday for Venezuela.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-08-2008

Kom docked in the Twin Ports

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The Kom, now flying the flag of Malta, was built in 1997, came here in May, 1998 (above) to load grain and until this morning, had not been back since. It will be here to load wheat for the United Kingdom. Both the Kom and the Dutch flagged Virginiaborg may depart the port tonight, assuming no rain delays. Grain is not usually loaded when it is raining; coal and iron ore pellets are loaded rain or shine. The Kaye E. Barker will be back from its quick trip to Taconite Harbor to load coal for another quick trip to Taconite Harbor. Photo taken on November 06, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-07-2008

Virginiaborg docked at General Mills

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The Dutch flagged Virginiaborg is expected in port today to load beet pulp pellets at General Mills in Duluth. Although more salt water traffic is expected later this month, the Virginiaborg is the first foreign flagged ship this month. We only had 7 in October. The Virginiaborg was constructed in Romania and then towed through the Black Sea, across the Mediterranean Sea and up the east coast of Europe to Delfzijl, The Netherlands, and home port for Wagenborg Shipping. The ship was assembled there and launched in 2000. The Virginiaborg is an exact copy of the Vancouverborg. The two ships have made 40 visits to the Twin Ports since they were built. Above, the Virginiaborg is seen during its first trip here in 2001.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-06-2008

Kaye E. Barker always a welcome sight

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The Kaye E. Barker has been to the Twin Ports 5 times this season. It will be arriving today and again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Add four departures and we will have an opportunity to see the boat 8 times in 4 days coming under the Lift Bridge. It was expected here early this morning and should be leaving with a cargo of coal for Taconite Harbor later today. It will take two more cargos of coal to Taconite Harbor before coming back to load another cargo of coal on Saturday evening, this time for Marquette. The Barker loads and discharges cargo faster than the thousand footers since it is only 767 feet long. Short trips and faster loads account for the many times we will see it this week. Above, it is seen departing the port this past April. Photo taken on April 13,2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-05-2008

Edward L. Ryerson at last winter’s layup

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The Edward L. Ryerson is usually greeted with great joy when it comes to Duluth Superior since many consider it the prettiest boat in the US fleet. It is expected here sometime today, but most are not very happy about it. It had an extended layup between 1998 and 2006 for lack of work and today it is coming in for an early winter layup, the first of the season for the Twin Ports. An early layup is often a sign of a poor economy, and in this case, a sign of trouble in the steel industry since the Ryerson carries iron ore. It was also at Fraser Shipyards for winter layup last year where the picture above was taken. Photo taken on February 22, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-04-2008

Joseph H. Thompson has lively history

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The tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson (seen above entering the Duluth harbor in 2005) is due today with a load of salt. This is the 19th trip here this season but only the 5th one with salt. It usually brings in limestone. As today, it has almost always departed with a cargo of iron ore pellets, sometimes from the CN dock in West Duluth, other times as today from the BNSF dock in Superior. The barge part is still most of the hull of a boat built in 1944 as the Marine Robin. It crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and was one of the many boats used in the Normandy invasion. In 1990, the vessel was turned into a barge when the stern and part of the hull were removed. A tug was built from the steel that was removed and was then inserted into a notch built into the back of the barge.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-03-2008

Paul R. enjoying sunshine on late fall day

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The Walter J. McCarthy Jr. was expected to depart the port with a cargo of coal for Ontario Power Generation in Nanticoke just after midnight. It was to be followed by the Paul R. Tregurtha which came in on Saturday afternoon (above) and waited at the Port Terminal for the dock to open up at Midwest Energy. It will leave late in the morning to take its coal to the usual destination, Detroit Edison power plants in St. Clair, Michigan. Photo taken on November 01, 2008
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-02-2008

Arthur M. Anderson leaving the Twin Ports

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The Arthur M. Anderson was expected to arrive last night with a cargo of limestone loaded at Cedarville, Michigan. After getting fuel at the Murphy Fuel Dock in Duluth, it was expected to go to the Hallett #5 dock in West Duluth to discharge the limestone and then load iron ore pellets for Gary. This is the 14th visit the Anderson has made to the Twin Ports. It bought limestone on each of those trips and usually loaded iron ore pellets, as today, for the return trip to the lower lakes. Above, it is seen departing Duluth on April 17th this year.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-01-2008